<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usFri, 01 Jul 2016 19:23:54 -0700Fri, 01 Jul 2016 19:23:54 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Padres Preparing To Spend Insane Amount of Money]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:31:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Preller+On+Set.png

For the Padres, 2016 has not gone according to plan. But help might be on the way. In, like, eight years.

On Saturday, July 2nd, Major League Baseball’s International signing period opens and the Padres are expected to go crazy. They’re rumored to be the favorites to land three of the top six players on the market (according to Baseball America rankings), two of them from the Dominican Republic and one from Venezuela.

The Friars are also said to be on the frontrunners on a few highly regarded Cuban prospects, although it’s not certain when (or if) they’ll be cleared and made available by MLB. The kicker here is how much cash the Padres are willing to spend to do this.

MLB gives you a certain amount of money based on your finish from the year before. You’re allowed to go over your pool allotment but there’s a tax for doing so. The Padres have a pool allotment of about $3.3 million.

If they land all the players they've been linked to it will cost them about $30 million, and that’s just for the players themselves. The tax for going over your allotment is one dollar for every dollar you go over. So if the Padres really go $27 million over their pool they’ll have to pay a $27 million tax.

That is astonishing for a franchise that has a well-earned reputation of frugality. The ownership group led by Ron Fowler and Peter Seidler has put its faith in General Manager A.J. Preller, who came to San Diego with the reputation of being a wizard with Latin American players.

Keep in mind, all this cash will be to lock up a bunch of 16-and-17-year-old kids, which would appear to be a huge gamble. But is it really? That is among the questions I asked A.J. about what could be a defining moment in Padres franchise history.

<![CDATA[Family Remembering Mother and 8-Year Old Killed in Crash]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:42:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Enedina+Dominguez.jpg

A family is mourning to loss of a mother and an 8-year old son killed in a crash on Thursday in Escondido.

NBC 7 spoke to the family of 39-year old Enedina Dominguez who say the mother of four had always put her children first. Now, her daughters say they are trying to stay strong after the heartbreaking tragedy.

“Once I found out that the car crashed, my world stopped,” Dominguez’s 17-year old daughter Lene Tome said. “I knew that she was with me, so is my brother. I knew that they were going to watch me because they were going to help me be strong for my daughter.”

Dominguez was a stay-at home mom and took care of her 14-year old daughter who has Cystic Fibrosis. She had three other children, including 17-year old Lene Tome and a 21-year old daughter and 8-year old Alex, who was also killed in the crash.

“Whenever we were sad, she was very positive. She made sure that we were always happy. She didn’t just say ‘oh it’s going to be ok,’ she gave us a reason to be happy,” Tome said.

Both the mother and son died Thursday when Dominguez’s car was hit by another car as she turning left onto East Washington Street in Escondido.

Escondido police say the impact was enough to fold her car in half.

Dominguez and her son Alex was taken to Palomar Medical Center where they later died of their injuries.

“Together they were a team. They died together as a team. So I am glad that he wasn't alone and she wasn't alone. Because I know my mom loved my little brother,” Tome said.

She says her 8-year old brother was a blessing and a joy in her life and they both shared a special bond.

“I helped raise him, with my mom. So, as he grew up, I was with my mom helping changing him, feeding him, seeing him grow up. His first word was my name,” Tome said.

Tome, who has a 6-month old daughter, says her mom had always been there to help her with her baby. The family had all lived together with Dominguez’s long-time boyfriend who is Alex’s dad.

They say they lost so much in an instant but are turning to their faith to make it through each moment.

“Every time I lost a relative or a dog, she would say ‘Okay Lene, you need to be strong.’ Yeah, they are gone but Jesus has them now,” Tome said.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses.

<![CDATA[Deadly Shooting in Skyline Community]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 19:00:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Jamacha-Lomita-Shooting-0701.JPG

A man in his 30s was fatally shot in Skyline Friday afternoon, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) confirmed.

The shooting happened just after 2 p.m. in the 8500 block of Encinitas Way.

Neighbors told NBC 7 they called 911 after hearing four to five gunshots in quick succession that sounded like fireworks.  

Paramedics tried to resuscitate the man, who was shot several times, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

An acquaintance of the victim got into an altercation with police, and was detained. Police are not calling him a suspect, but are questioning him to see if he can help with the investigation.

SDPD homicide detectives will be taking over the investigation, SDPD Lt. Scott Wahl said.

At this time the motive or what led up to the shooting is not known.

Officers, as well as a crew with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD), were the first to respond to the scene.

Police said several witnesses noticed a grey car drive away right after the shooting, but they don't know if it's linked to the crime.

No further details were immediately released. Check back for updates on this story. 

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<![CDATA[Women, Teen Stabbed to Death in Murder-Suicide: SDSO]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:11:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rancho+santa+fe+home+0627.jpg

Two women and a teenager found dead inside a Rancho Santa Fe home in a grisly murder-suicide this week all died of multiple stab wounds, authorities revealed Friday.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) released new details on the mysterious case, including the names of the women and teen and manner of their deaths.

The SDSO officially identified the adults as Ihnwon Mia Shin, 56, and Sayeh Amini, 52, and the girl as 15-year-old Hannah Arya.

The sheriff’s department said the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s (ME) office had completed the autopsies on the bodies and confirmed the manner of death for both Shin and Hannah was homicide. Both victims suffered multiple sharp force injuries, the SDSO said.

SDSO Lt. Kenn Nelson told NBC 7 the victims were stabbed to death, likely with a knife. He said multiple knives were found inside the home but homicide detectives are still investigating the murder weapon.

"Unequivocally, there was no firearm found in the home," Nelson said.

Amini is the suspect in the homicides, officials said.

She also died from multiple sharp force injuries but her manner of death was determined to be suicide. Nelson said Amini also used a knife to kill herself.

The bodies of the murder-suicide victims were discovered on Monday around 11:50 a.m. inside a sprawling home located in the 17000 block of Via De La Valle in San Diego’s North County.

Nelson said a 911 call was made by one of Hannah's friends and an adult who had been with the teenager before she was killed. The caller reported possible child abuse at the home.

Nelson said no signs of abuse, beside the deadly stab wounds, were discovered on Hannah's body. He said the caller was likely aware of some arguments that had occured inside the home and wanted deputies to arrive at the home as quickly as possible.

SDSO detectives have not released details on the motive behind the murder-suicide but Nelson said investigators are looking into possible financial issues and mental health issues involving the suspect.

NBC 7 spoke with Carl Starrett Thursday night, an attorney representing Amini’s family. Starrett told NBC 7 Amini was the sister of Michael Arya, the owner of the Rancho Santa Fe home.

Michael died of cancer on April 14 and had lived at the property prior to his passing.

Starrett said Michael had appointed Amini to manage his affairs after his death and the responsibility of handling her late brother’s estate became overwhelming for Amini.

“It’s just a horrible situation," Starrett told NBC 7.

According to court documents obtained by NBC 7 Friday, Amini was named the trustee of Michael's estate, which included the home on Villa De La Valle valued at more than $1 million.

Documents also show that Susan Wagner, Hannah's mother and Michael's ex-wife, filed an order for $125,000 for emergency relief after Michael's death to pay for child support and attorney's fees, among other things.

Watch NBC 7 News at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. for the latest updates on this story.

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<![CDATA[Knee Replacement Caution]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:53:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/knee1.jpg

Millions of Americans are currently living with hip and knee replacements. While replacement surgery can be a good option, it is not without riskThere can be serious complications. Consumer Reports has advice to help you improve the odds of a successful outcome.

Consumer Reports took a close look at hospitals in the San Diego area to see how well patients did following replacement surgery. It looked at hospitals’ infection rates, complication rates and readmission rates and found it really matters which hospital you go to.

For example: Sharp Grossmont Hospital had zero infections for knee surgeries while Pomerado Hospital—­just 24 miles away—was one of the hospitals that got Consumer Reports’ bottom rating, 268 percent worse than the national average.

Consumer Reports reached out to Pomerado Hospital for a comment about its low rating, which is based on publicly available data from the State of California. 

A spokesperson said: “We recognize the importance of preventing surgical site infections after knee replacement surgery and because we take this issue seriously, Pomerado Hospital uses stringent procedures to minimize the risk of infection."

Since this report based on 2014 rates, a physician-led multidisciplinary team at Pomerado Hospital has worked together to reduce post-surgical infection rate after knee replacements to only 1% by the end of 2015, which is consistent with the national average. The work of this team has been recognized by being awarded designation as an Orthopedic Center of Excellence. Pomerado Hospital’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence team continues their work with a goal of zero percent infection rate after these procedures and is in the top 1% nationally for its pain management program.”

Consumer Reports and the California Department of Insurance have created an online tool to help people check out hospitals. Just enter San Diego and you’ll see ratings on a scale of one to five. You can find the tool here.

The website also has other helpful information. You can find out how much your surgery is likely to cost and look up hospital ratings for childbirth, as well as search doctor groups for their ratings for cancer screening, and treating diabetes and back pain. 

<![CDATA[July 4th Fireworks in San Diego]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:48:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/fireworkssdsan.jpg

With patriotic parties aplenty, there will be no shortage of fireworks in San Diego this 4th of July. Here's our guide to the dazzling shows that will illuminate our skyline on Independence Day.

Big Bay Boom
9 p.m., San Diego Bay
San Diego’s biggest 4th of July fireworks show, the Port of San Diego’s Big Bay Boom, returns to the waterfront this year. Fireworks will launch at 9 p.m. from four barges along the San Diego Bay. Prime viewing locations include: Shelter Island; Harbor Island; North Embarcadero; Marina District; Seaport Village and South Embarcadero; Coronado Ferry Landing. Wherever you are watching from, get there early with your lawn chairs and blankets. The Big Bay Boom draws a huge crowd year after year.

San Diego County Fair Fireworks
9 p.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds
The 2016 San Diego County Fair will end with a bang on July 4th with a long lineup of patriotic events, including a 9 p.m. fireworks show visible throughout the fairgrounds. Fair, fireworks and fried food? Sounds like summer for sure.

Chula Vista 4th Fest
9 p.m., Chula Vista Olympic Training Center
What could possibly be more patriotic than watching Independence Day fireworks at the Olympic Training Center (OTC)? The Chula Vista OTC (2800 Olympic Parkway) will put on a fireworks show at 9 p.m. set to tunes from five radio stations: 91X; Magic 92.5; 100.78 KFMB BFM; AM 760; Z90.3. Launched from the athlete training grounds, the best spots to watch this show are at the OTC and Mountain Hawk Park (1475 Lake Crest Dr.). Gates to the OTC open at 6 p.m.; parking at the visitor’s entrance is limited to 500 cars and costs $10. Parking is also available at the New Hope Community Church (2720 Olympic Parkway). Each viewing venue holds about 3,000 people.

July 4th in Coronado
9 p.m., Coronado Island
Coronado Island will celebrate Independence Day with a host of fun events including an annual parade, a concert at Spreckels Park and, of course, prime fireworks viewing of the Big Bay Boom spectacular at 9 p.m. Good spots for fireworks viewing include Hotel Del Coronado, Glorietta Bay and Coronado Ferry Landing.

Escondido’s Independence Day Festival & Fireworks
9 p.m., California Center for the Arts Escondido
Head to the Great Green at the California Center for the Arts Escondido (340 N. Escondido Blvd.) for this 53rd annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks, an event that typically draws about 20,000 attendees. The fun starts at 4 p.m. with lots of live music and entertainment, food vendors and activities for the kids. Camp Pendleton’s 1st Marine Division Band performs at 8:15 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9 p.m.

Ocean Beach Fireworks
9 p.m., OB Pier
Ocean Beach will celebrate the 4th with a dazzling fireworks show off the OB Pier. Free parking will be available at the Main Beach Lot and the Pier Parking Lot. The show will be synched to songs from KyXy 96.5. In year’s past, the Ocean Beach July 4th celebration also included a “marshmallow war” but the sticky mess left behind – and a whole lot of controversy – led to the end of that. Now, attendees are free to eat marshmallows, just not throw them.

Ken Grody Ford 4th of July Camp Pendleton Beach Bash
9 p.m., Del Mar Beach Resort at Camp Pendleton
This beach bash at Camp Pendleton includes a DJ, activities for kids, food trucks, prizes, a “Margaritaville” area and tribute to our U.S. military heroes on this special day of freedom.

The 4th of July at La Jolla Cove
9 p.m., Ellen Browning Scripps Park
Enjoy friends, family, freedom and fireworks at La Jolla Cove on the fourth. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. at Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Park.

Santee Salutes Fireworks Show
9 p.m., Town Center Community Park East
Santee Salutes – a festival featuring live music, a patriotic ceremony, food and family-friendly fun at Town Center Community Park (550 Park Center Dr.) – will culminate with a 4th of July fireworks display at 9 p.m. The event is free; parking is between $5 and $15. The party at the park starts at 2:30 p.m.

El Cajon Fireworks
9 p.m., Kennedy Park
El Cajon’s July 4th fireworks are set for 9 p.m. at Kennedy Park (1675 E. Madison Ave.). Get there early, spread out a blanket and enjoy food vendors, games, prizes, kiddie train rides and more at the park. The 4th of July event starts at 1 p.m.; live music starts at 3 p.m.

National City 4th of July Carnival Fireworks
9 p.m., Kimball Park
National City’s multi-day July 4th carnival at Kimball Park (12th Street and D Avenue) wraps with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. on Independence Day. The fun starts at 5 p.m. at the park. The annual carnival draws a huge crowd; the National City Police Department advises motorists to avoid using D Avenue from 12th to 16th streets until the event is over.

San Marcos Fireworks
9 p.m., Bradley Park
Bradley Park (465 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd.) in San Marcos will roll out the red, white and blue for “Celebrate Freedom: A Fireworks Extravaganza,” at 9 p.m. – a show entirely funded by donations from citizens and businesses in the community. Before the fireworks fly, enjoy live music – including a performance from Beta Maxx at 6p.m. – plus carnival games, bounce houses and food vendors.

Mira Mesa Fireworks
9 p.m., Mira Mesa High School
Following an all-day July 4th celebration that includes a parade and Family Fun Day in the Park, take in the colorful Scripps Mesa Fireworks show at Mira Mesa High School (10510 Reagan Rd.). Bring a blanket and chairs and get there early.

Fallbrook Fireworks
9 p.m., Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens
Fallbrook will host its annual 4th of July fundraiser, complete with fireworks, at the Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens (220 Grand Tradition Way). Attendees can expect games, food, drinks and live music from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include open lawn seating.

Poway Fireworks
9 p.m., Poway High School
Fireworks will light the sky over Poway High School’s (15500 Espola Rd.) stadium after the community’s all-day Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. The gates open at 6 p.m. so get there early to snag a spot and enjoy games, activities and a DJ spinning tunes. This event costs $5 per person at the gate; kids 11 and under get in free.

Vista Fireworks
9 p.m., Brengle Terrace Park
Vista’s fireworks show goes down at 9 p.m. from the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Brengle Terrace Park (1200 Vale Terrace Dr.). Admission to the amphitheatre is $5 per person; children 5 and under and active and retired military (and their families) get in free. Parking in the park is $15 per car.

Spirit of the 4th in Rancho Bernardo
9 p.m., Bernardo Heights Middle School
Spirit of the 4th in Rancho Bernardo starts at 6 p.m. at the athletic field at Bernardo Heights Middle School (12990 Paseo Lucido), with the “Sky Concert” fireworks display set for 9 p.m. The grand finale promises nearly 400 high-altitude shells. Parking is free in the student lot off Avenida Venusto.

Ramona Fireworks
9 p.m., Olive Peirce Middle School
Ramona’s fireworks go down at 9 p.m. at Olive Peirce Middle School (1521 Hanson Ln.). The Ramona Rotary group has been busy collecting donations for this show and so far, so good.

SeaWorld Fireworks
9:40 p.m., SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego puts on fireworks daily, but this 4th of July “Sea to Shining Sea” show will be an extended, extra special version of the show. The fireworks fly at 9:40 p.m. and are included with paid admission into the park.

Red, White & Boom! LEGOLand Fireworks
8:30 p.m., LEGOLAND California Resort
LEGOLAND hosts this star-spangled Red, White & Boom! Party, which runs from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., with fireworks set for 8:30 p.m. Prime viewing spots will be designated around the amusement park. Before fireworks, patrons can enjoy picnic-style games like burlap sack races and LEGO building challenges for the whole family. Activities are included with paid admission into the park.

Oceanside Fireworks – July 3rd
9 p.m., El Corazon Senior Center
Oceanside will ring in the 4th a day early – on Sunday, July 3 – with its fireworks display at 9 p.m. staged north of the El Corazon Senior Center (3302 Senior Center Dr.). Limited parking is available at Ocean Ranch Business Park; no parking is available at the El Corazon Senior Center. Rancho Del Oro Boulevard will be closed from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Music and food trucks will line the area from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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<![CDATA['Listen to Our Veterans' Project Wraps Up July 4]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:29:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/FS+Listen+to+our+Veterans.jpg


The submission phase of Listen to Our Veterns will end on Monday, July 4. If you are a Veteran, or the family member of a Veteran, you can still submit your responses here.

A consortium of leading media, business, technology and veterans organizations joined to create a first-of-its-kind digital campaign designed to allow veterans to quickly share their experiences, and aggregate their feedback into large-scale usable insights that can be used for good.

The Listen to Our Veterans project launched on Memorial Day with partners including NBC7, Donovan’s Steak and Chop House, and HundredX’s Expresit, as well as veterans' organizations across San Diego County, including Support the Enlisted Project and the Armed Forces YMCA.

The goal of the Listen to Our Veterans project is to allow veterans and other interested parties an opportunity to share their experiences in as fast as one minute.

Starting next week, the results will be aggregated and published with an objective to provide content and useful insights surrounding veteran’s services.

With regard to key categories such as medical care, civilian transition, and other veteran’s benefits, respondents will be asked what is good, not so good, or both.

The Listen to Our Veterans project will run through the Fourth of July weekend.

To provide your Express Feedback, click or tap HERE. Please share with any friends or family who may be interested in participating. Thank you in advance for your contribution.


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<![CDATA[Scientists From UCSD, Brazil Meet to Discuss Zika ]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:27:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-536237876-zika.jpg

Scientists and doctors from UC San Diego and Brazil met at Rady Children’s Hospital in Kearny Mesa Friday to share the latest research on the Zika virus and efforts to develop a possible vaccine.

Clinical work on related diseases in the same family as Zika has scientists hopeful.

“The good news is that we have related vaccines that are much closer to development. In fact there's a vaccine for a virus called Dangie virus that is starting to be used in certain parts of the world, and that's in the same family of viruses as Zika,” Doctor Mark Sawyer, a pediatric infectious disease specialist, said. 

Symptoms of Zika are usually mild and last from two to seven days. They include fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise and headache. The disease can be dangerous for pregnant women, however.

The mosquito-borne virus can spread through sex and has caused women in several countries to give birth to children with birth defects, including microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome.

The virus has also been detected within the U.S.

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<![CDATA[Trump Keeps Settling Primary Scores as Campaign Struggles to Pivot]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:48:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/543431004-donald-trump-trade-speech.jpg

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has dedicated a lot of time in his recent speeches and rallies to rehashing past primary contests and attacking fellow Republicans, NBC News reports.

On Friday, Trump spoke at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver about his defeat in Colorado, how Indiana turned out to be his firewall and that he was robbed of delegates in Louisiana. Consistently throughout the week, Trump lauded his historic primary accomplishment, telling crowds that he earned the "most votes in the history of the Republican primary system.”

The Trump team has expended considerable energy over the past few weeks normalizing and building out the bare bones operation for the general election.

But for every sound bite that fits a pivot to the general, Trump adds another that looks back at his past successes and slights those in his party who have yet to fall in line.

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<![CDATA[Judge Refuses to Dismiss Drug Lawsuit Against NFL]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:23:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/TLMD-NFL-estadio-futbol-americano-generica-shutterstock_69979282.jpg

A federal judge in California refused to dismiss a lawsuit by 1,500 former NFL players claiming the teams and their training staffs routinely dispensed a range of powerful drugs, often without prescriptions, to mask pain and injuries and get players on the field without regard for their long-term health.

The ruling by federal judge William Alsup for the Northern District of California allows the class-action lawsuit to proceed to the discovery phase. Alsup dismissed a similar lawsuit against the NFL in December 2014, writing that the collective bargaining agreement was the proper forum to resolve the players' claims.

The NFL had asked the judge to dismiss the new lawsuit, which named all 32 clubs as defendants instead of the league and also contends the teams intentionally misled the players while dispensing the drugs.

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<![CDATA[Lifeguards, Police Prepare for Holiday Weekend at Beaches ]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:01:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/lifeguards1.PNG

San Diego’s beaches are expected to be packed over the Independence Day weekend, and accordingly lifeguards plan to bring in extra staff.

The Fourth of July is typically the busiest beach weekend of the year with tens of thousands of people flocking to the coast.

The ocean should to be warm this weekend, which means a lot of holiday beachgoers will be in the water.

There will be 20 lifeguards in Mission Beach alone over the weekend, and 30 on the Fourth.

Police will also have command posts at popular beaches.

Police and lifeguards are reminding beachgoers to not bring alcohol or glass or tents that close in all directions. Only open tents are allowed.

They also advise owners to leave their pets at home until after 6 p.m.

Plastic containers are allowed, but remember to pack out all trash so the beaches stay clean.

Swimmers should stay in areas where they can touch the ground, always swim with a buddy, and use lifeguard stands as a reference to where they were originally swimming. Beachgoers should always check with a lifeguard before getting in the water.

“You might see a spot where it’s inviting. Rip currents look inviting. They don’t have any waves. It looks like a nice calm area, but it’s just a big, deep hole where the water recirculates,” Lt. Rick Romero of San Diego Lifeguards said.

Lifeguards say kids get lost every year during the Fourth, so parents should keep a close eye on their kids; Police usually see an uptick in pool drowning deaths over the holiday as well, so parents need to watch kids closely when they’re swimming in the backyard.

The surf is expected to be up to five feet.

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<![CDATA[Sharon Tate's Sister Says Ex-Manson Follower Shouldn't be Paroled]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:14:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mkt-AP_247374227510.jpg

The sister of slain actress Sharon Tate said she’s doing what she can to make sure convicted Manson Family follower Leslie Van Houten dies behind bars. 

Debra Tate told NBC News she has delivered 138,700 signatures to California Gov. Jerry Brown’s office asking him to deny Van Houten’s parole bid after nearly 50 years in prison. 

"I feel very strongly that she should remain behind bars," Tate said. "It came out at her last parole hearing that she is in communication with Charles Manson."

Van Houten said Manson did write to her, but she turned the mail over to authorities and did not write back. 

Now 66, Van Houten was deemed “suitable for parole” in April by the Board of Parole Hearings. She was convicted along with other cult members of the 1969 killings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. She was not part of the crew that killed Tate and four others in a rented home.

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<![CDATA[Democrats Move Left With New Party Platform]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 16:24:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sanders-Clinton-feb2016.jpg

Democrats are considering approving what is being called the most progressive platform in the party's history, though supporters of Bernie Sanders are still not satisfied with provisions on trade and some other issues.

A draft of the platform, obtained by NBC News, was approved by a 15-member subcommittee and sent Friday to members of the full platform committee. The committee will have a chance to make changes before the platform is voted on at the Democratic National Convention later this month in Philadelphia.

The draft platform states Americans should earn $15 per hour. It calls for abolishing the death penalty. The draft platform also calls for making community college free and easing student loan burdens. It calls for giving the District of Columbia statehood and banning assault weapons.

However, some of the stickiest issues remain unresolved -- at least as Sanders supporters see it.

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<![CDATA[Contest Winner to Nominate Clinton at Convention]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:18:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ClintonSupporters-AP_16173657362901.jpg

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is holding a contest to select a supporter who will give a speech on stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to formally nominate her as the party’s presidential nominee, NBC News reports. 

Supporters have to submit a video explaining what Clinton’s nomination means to them and why they think she should be the next president. 

Judges are looking for “comfort on camera, charisma” and “a compelling personal narrative,” according to the contest rules. The winner will be flown to Philadelphia to speak at the event and will receive one night in a hotel for an estimated value of $2,500.

The campaign has been holding a number of high-profile contests to inspire small-dollar fundraising, including dinners with Clinton and tickets to see the Broadway hit "Hamilton" with the former secretary of state. 

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<![CDATA[Two People Injured After Being Hit by a Train]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:51:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-stock-breaking-119818994.jpg

Two people were injured after being hit by a train in Encinitas on Friday, the North Comm Fire Department confirmed.

The incident happened around 3:09 p.m. on the 1300 block of S Coast Hwy 101.

One person was transported to Scripps Encinitas Hospital and the other was taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital.

The extent of injuries is unknown.

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 

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<![CDATA[Police Search for Credit Union Robbery Suspects ]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:42:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-stock-breaking-119818994.jpg

Law enforcement officials are searching for a man and a woman who robbed the California Coast Credit Union in National City, National City police confirmed. 

The couple took an undisclosed amount of cash from the credit union in the 1700 block of Sweetwater Road just before 3 p.m. Friday. 

The National City Police Department and the FBI are investigating. 

No weapons appear to have been used.

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 

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<![CDATA[15 Years in Prison for Man Who Sought Sex With Babies]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:17:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Joel-Wright-AP_248233168746.jpg

A former Ohio seminary student who pleaded guilty to trying to adopt and buy baby girls in Mexico so he could sexually molest them was sentenced in San Diego Friday to more than 15 years behind bars.

In April, Joel Alexander Wright, 23, admitted to seeking sex with infants he wanted to adopt from Tijuana. He will serve 188 months in federal custody, the office of U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy, of the Southern District, confirmed.

At Wright's sentencing, U.S. District Judge Dana M. Sabraw also imposed the added condition of lifetime supervision.

In his plea agreement, Wright admitted he had written numerous explicit emails in which he described, in graphic detail, his desire to sexually assault girls under the age of 4 in Mexico.

“There are no words to describe the horror that might have happened, had an innocent baby been placed in this man’s arms,” Duffy said in a statement in April.

Wright, a former seminary student at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, had plans of becoming a priest.

At his sentencing, Judge Sabraw noted that in his role as a seminary student, Wright held himself out as someone kind, thoughtful and trustworthy, when all the while he plotted a heinous crime.

"This defendant represents the darkest of demons," Duffy said Friday. "His attempted crime was unthinkable. I applaud our law enforcement partners for stopping Wright in his tracks, and for all their efforts to keep children safe from individuals who have a sexual interest in children both here in the United States and abroad.”

On Nov. 25, 2015, investigators said Wright began posting ads on Craigslist seeking a female tour guide in Mexico, according to his guilty plea.

When an unidentified witness replied to his ads, he told the witness he wanted to “adopt/own a baby girl (under the age of 3)” and have sexual intercourse with her, according to the plea agreement.

According to court documents, Wright also communicated via email with an undercover agent. In an email with the investigator, Wright said he had purchased infant pain relief medication and a “pretty outfit” for a 1- or 2-year-old in anticipation of a would-be encounter with the child.

On Jan. 29, 2016, Wright flew into the San Diego International Airport. There, he called the undercover agent with whom he had been emailing and told him he had landed in San Diego. Wright thought the agent was going to help him get to Mexico and did not realize he had been communicating with someone in law enforcement. 

Wright had two cell phones and a duffel bag. Inside, the bag agents found baby clothes, sleep aids, bottles, toys, candy and lubricant, prosecutors said.

Special agents with Homeland Security Investigations approached Wright outside the airport’s baggage claim area and arrested him on the spot.

According to officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Wright had planned to travel from San Diego to Mexico to have sex with at least three babies. He pleaded guilty to one charge of attempted enticement of a minor.

Wright will have to register as a lifetime sex offender.

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<![CDATA[Fire at Vacant Escondido Market Under Investigation]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:21:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Escondido-Fire-Twitter21.jpg

A vacant meat market in Escondido consumed by raging flames Thursday is now the site of a criminal investigation.

On Friday, one day after the blaze ripped through the vacant Talone’s Meat Market in the 500 block of North Hale Avenue, firefighters remained posted around the perimeter of the burnt building, hosing down hot spots and surveying the heavy damage.

The fire sparked Thursday just before 9 a.m., sending plumes of thick smoke into the air visible for hours along freeways in San Diego’s North County, including nearby Interstate 15.

At its peak, about 100 firefighters battled the flames of the four-alarm fire, which shot through the roof of the abandoned building, causing parts of the roof to collapse. Parts of the old, dilapidated building crumbled under the intense heat as crews defensively fought the fire from the outside.

Due to the severe damage to the structure, fire officials were not able to safely enter the building, the Escondido Fire Department (EFD) said. Crews worked through the night making sure the blaze did not reignite.

On Friday, investigators were still waiting to get clearance to enter the approximately 10,000-square-foot building. Some parts of the structure were leaning from the fire damage and some walls had collaped.

The inside of the structure was gutted and firefighters said it was not safe, at this point, for anyone to go inside.

Due to safety concerns, the EFD has issued an emergency demolition permit to the property owner. The demolition work on the building will begin Tuesday, the EFD said. For now, the fire department said people should stay away from the unstable structure.

The investigation is ongoing and officials have not yet revealed details on why the site of the fire a crime scene. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Talone’s Meat Market has long been abandoned. According to residents, police and fire officials, the building is known to be frequented by transients.

The Escondido Police Department (EPD) confirmed that, since April, there have been extra patrols around the abandoned building. Days before the blaze, police received a report of someone trespassing at the building but when officers arrived at the property, they did not find any trespassers. The EPD said the property management company that owns the building had asked police for help managing the homeless problem at the building. The property management company said it planned to demolish the meat market in the next few months.

When the fire broke out Thursday, the EFD received reports that there may have been transients inside the building.

However, since crews were unable to enter the fire-torn building due to concerns over the safety of the collapsing structure, fire officials have not been able to confirm if anyone was inside.

However, EFD Fire Chief Russ Knowles said Thursday that investigators did not believe this was the case.

According to Knowles, the fire proved challenging for crews due to the unkempt condition of the building, its odd layout and its location. The building sits directly underneath power lines and very close to the train tracks that run through the area.

The fire prompted the North County Transit District (NCTD) to temporarily halt Sprinter Light Rail train service between the Escondido Transit Center and the Nordahl Station. Train service was delayed until about 3 p.m.

The EFD said San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) had to shut down power in the area as a precaution due to the fire's proximity to power lines. The outage impacted some businesses along Hale Avenue between Metcalf Street and Auto Park Way, and from Hale Avenue south to Valley Parkway.

The fire also led to several road closures in the area for the better part of Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Health Officials Widen Flour Recall After 4 More People Get Sick]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:16:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Flour-recall-General-Mills.jpg

Federal health officials on Friday widened an already big recall of flour after four more people got sick from food poisoning linked to the flour, NBC News reports.

No one has died or developed the most dangerous symptoms from the E. coli infections, but 42 people have become ill from the General Mills flour, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said.

The CDC said health officials have found harmful E. coli 0121 strains in General Mills flour collected from the homes of ill people in Arizona, Colorado, and Oklahoma. On Friday, the CDC said Indiana has been added to the list of states with ill people. 

The General Mills recall covers types of Gold Medal Flour, Gold Medal Wondra Flour, and Signature Kitchens Flour.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Zoo Giraffe Delivers Stillborn Calf During Transport ]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:02:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/masai+giraffe.jpg

A female giraffe from the San Diego Zoo prematurely delivered a dead calf while being transported to the Calgary Zoo in Canada, Calgary Zoo officials said.

Marci, a five-year-old Masai giraffe, was seen breeding with a male giraffe a couple of months ago, but zoo officials were not sure if she was pregnant or how far along she might be. 

“Although she did not show any signs of pregnancy, San Diego Zoo Global officials advised the animal care staff at the Calgary Zoo of the possibility,” the Calgary Zoo said in a statement.

While it is the policy of both the San Diego Zoo and Calgary Zoo to not move giraffes in their third trimester, it is often difficult to tell how far along a giraffe is in her pregnancy.

The San Diego Zoo believed Marci was likely in her second trimester, which is typically a safe time to travel, according to Jamie Dorgan, Director of Animal Care at the Calgary Zoo.

A necropsy on the stillborn fetus revealed that she was in her third trimester.

"If we had more information, more precise information, and thought she was nearing her pregnancy, we would've held off on the shipment, and I'm quite comfortable the SD Zoo would've as well,” Dorgan said.

Marci was under constant observation during the entire trip through closed circuit cameras, and the team took action as soon as she delivered," according to the Calgary Zoo.

Giraffe populations are rapidly declining due to poaching and habitat loss; Marci was being sent to the Calgary Zoo to help boost the future of the Masai giraffe species.

The San Diego Zoo is not commenting on what happened, simply saying that they did not have a veterinarian during the transport.

Marci is healthy and settling in well in Canada, zoo officials said.

Currently the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has six males and three female Masai giraffes.

The San Diego Zoo has four males and four female giraffes.

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<![CDATA[2 Top ISIS Commanders Killed in Air Strike: Pentagon]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:54:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/217*120/AP_817556148506.jpg

Two senior ISIS commanders were killed in a U.S.-led coalition airstrike in the Iraqi city of Mosul, according to the Pentagon, NBC News reported. 

Basim Muhammad Ahmad Sultan al-Bajari, the terror group's deputy minister of war, and Hatim Talib al-Hamduni, an ISIS military commander, were killed in the June 25 airstrike, the U.S. military said. 

Al-Bajari, a former member of al Qaeda, oversaw the original offensive to capture Mosul in June 2014, the Pentagon said. Hatim Talib al-Hamduni was an ISIS military commander in Mosul and the head of military police for the self-proclaimed Ninawa state. 

The airstrikes come as Iraqi forces claim to have freed the city of Fallujah from ISIS’ grip.

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<![CDATA[How Facebook Changes Impact News You Receive From NBC 7]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:15:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NBC7-FBArticle-0701.jpg

Facebook announced this week it will tweak its news feed algorithm to emphasize posts from friends and family. That change could cause Facebook users to see fewer posts from media companies like NBC 7 San Diego.

Some viewers have asked how they can be sure to continue to receive local news they count on. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to guarantee you see receive every update from NBC 7 in your news feed.   

Go to NBC 7’s Facebook page and be sure you’ve liked the page.

On your mobile device, click "Following" and you will see three options.

If you'd like to see every post from NBC 7, click "See First." If you'd prefer to see what the Facebook algorithm serves you, click "Default," and Facebook will show you posts based on how often you engage with NBC 7's content.

On desktop, you can find the "See First" and "Default" options by clicking on the small arrow right next to the "Like" button. 

To manage notifications on your mobile device, tap the "More" button, then click down to "Notifications." There you can select which notifications you'd like to receive on the page. 

On desktop to edit notifications, click on the small arrow to the right of the like button and select either all on or all off. You may also choose to receive specific notifications, such as videos and photos. To do so, click on the pencil next to the notifications button to select which post types you'd like to receive notifications for. 

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<![CDATA[How to Get to Big Bay Boom on the 4th]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:41:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/big+bay+boom+2015+7.jpg

San Diego’s biggest 4th of July fireworks show, the Big Bay Boom, goes down Monday, and is expected to draw up to a half-million patriotic spectators. 

With that large of a crowd, organizers of the Port of San Diego's 16th annual Big Bay Boom urge visitors to use public transportation to get to the big event, including the MTS trolley and buses.

If you choose to drive, there will be free parking available at Qualcomm Stadium. From there, you can buy a trolley ticket and travel to several spots along downtown San Diego and the Embarcadero considered prime Big Bay Boom fireworks viewing locations.

The Big Bay Boom offers six locations around the San Diego Bay from which spectators can take in the 4th of July show:

  • Shelter Island
  • Harbor Island
  • North Embarcadero
  • Seaport Village
  • South Embarcadero
  • Coronado Ferry Landing

Free shuttle services will be offered to spectators heading to the Shelter Island and Harbor Island viewing spots.

The Shelter Island shuttle will pick up visitors from the corner of Carleton and Rosecrans streets in Point Loma. Street parking is available around that area, though it will be limited. The last return shuttle from Shelter Island (at the Gazebo point) runs at 11 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Harbor Island shuttle service will give visitors a ride from the corner of McCain Road and N. Harbor Drive, west of Airport Terminal 2. The drop off location for Harbor Island will be the San Diego Harbor Police Headquarters, and spectators can walk to their viewing point from there. Those hopping on the Harbor Island shuttle can park at the airport parking lot on McCain Road and N. Harbor Drive, where parking is $12, cash, per car. The final free return shuttle from Harbor Island runs at 11 p.m., too.

The North Embarcadero, Seaport Village, South Embarcadero and the Coronado Ferry Landing viewing points offer limited parking on or around the areas.

North Embarcadero parking is available from Grape Street to Broadway including the B Street Pier. There are various lots and streets from Harbor Drive to Pacific Highway as well.

For Seaport Village and South Embarcadero, parking is available in the Seaport Village and Hilton parking lots. Specifically at Seaport Village, visitors who park before 3p.m. pay $5 for the first three hours, $3 every 30 minutes thereafter. Validation is available with a minimum $10 purchase. Non Validated self-parking is $8 per hour. After 3p.m., there is a flat rate of $25 per car.

Seaport Village also has valet parking available. Before 3p.m., the fees are $15 up to five hours, $30 up to 10 hours and $40 max over 10 hours. After 3p.m., restaurant reservations can valet for $30 and all others can valet for $50.

Finally, parking at the Coronado Ferry Landing is available in the shopping area as well as public street parking in the general vicinity.

The Big Bay Boom starts at 9 p.m. sharp, so plan accordingly. It's sure to be a blast.

For NBC 7's extensive guide on more than a dozen 4th of July fireworks shows across San Diego County, click here.

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<![CDATA[Obama Says He Expects Congress to Move on Zika Virus]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:41:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ZIKA_GettyImages-537671534.jpg

About $25 million was dispensed by federal health officials Friday to help states at risk from Zika defend against its spread — cash taken from other programs because Congress has not approved fresh funding to fight the virus, NBC News reported. 

New Zika funding has been deadlocked in Congress, despite demands from President Barack Obama for increased funding to the tune of $1.9 billion. 

"I expect Congress to get this funding done before they leave for vacation, before they adjourn. That's part of their basic responsibility," Obama said.         

Republicans in the Senate presented a $1.1 billion spending plan with provisions that Democrats said were unacceptable. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there are 935 confirmed cases in at least 45 states and Washington D.C. Another 2,000 cases were reported in Puerto Rico, Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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<![CDATA[Under New Law Kids Must be Vaccinated ]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:39:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Measles+vaccine+child+doctor+office+generic.jpg

A new state law, co-authored by a San Diego legislator, went into effect Friday, requiring parents to vaccinate their children before they can go to school.

Students in all public and private K-12 schools in the state, licensed day cares, preschools and after school programs must get more than 10 federally recommended vaccines, or they will have to be home schooled, according to the law. 

Home schooled students and those in individualized education programs are exempt.

Governor Brown signed the bill last year creating a universal vaccine mandate for all children in the state.

The vaccine debate provoked strong feelings on both sides with some parents feeling it took away their right to figure out what is best for their children, while others didn’t want their own kids getting sick by being exposed to unvaccinated children.

Among the strictest vaccine laws in the country, the law goes too far in the opinion of thousands of parents who feel it makes medical exemptions too difficult to get.

Heather Hawkes decided to move to Florida with her two girls after the California law was passed.

“My older daughter had a pre-existing medical condition,” Hawkes explained. “It was just infuriating to think that we’d been working with a team of specialists and doctors to make a decision for her health and the state was coming in and acting like a medical provider and take that decision from us.”

She said she’s getting a medical exemption in Florida.

Doctor J. Howard of Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Center told NBC 7 medical reasons to avoid vaccinating children are very rare.

“Other doctors in the community have chosen, since they have an anti-vaccine stance…to accept off-the-wall things like a family history of asthma. We do not feel that’s a valid reason.”

Birdey Elementary parent Shawn Vandriver was alarmed several years ago to find out his son’s school had high rates of parents not vaccinating their children.

He said he respected their choices, but did not want it to endanger his son’s health.

“I would say that parents that choose not to vaccinate their children, they are making a choice. They’re choosing to home school their children,” Vandriver said.

Parents can exempt their children from the law if they feel it goes against their family’s personal beliefs, but they would have already needed to have filled out an exemption form and have gotten it approved by the end of last year.

The bill is open-ended, which means the state could add more required vaccines in the future.

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<![CDATA[Eater SD: New North Park Breweries]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:12:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Eater-LZNPBrewing-16.JPG

There was a lot on tap this week in San Diego’s food and drink scene including new brewery openings in North Park. Eater San Diego shares the top stories of the week.

North Park Beer Co. Opens Craftsman-Inspired Brewery
Look inside this gorgeous new brewery; North Park Beer Co., designed by Paul Basile (Ironside). It’s an ode to craftsman architecture and an exciting new addition to the neighborhood's thriving craft beer scene

Brewery Igniter Project Brings More Craft Beer to North Park
H.G. Fenton's Brewery Igniter, which helps to kickstart budding craft breweries, has a hub in the Miramar area and is now working to build a second site in North Park on El Cajon Boulevard that will be home to three breweries; the first tenant to be announced is Pariah Brewing Company.

The Patio Group Plans Fast-Casual Concept in East Village
The Patio Group, which launched Fireside by The Patio in Liberty Station this year, is prepping a new concept Harvest by the Patio, that will open in the East Village this fall with a menu of quick-service, healthy plates from chef Amiko Gubbins of Legal Restaurants.

Mission Hills' The Red Door Becomes Community-Supported Restaurant
The Red Door Wine Bar & Restaurant will become California's first community-supported restaurant in August, when the Washington Street eatery launches a membership program that allows diners to invest in the concept in return for free dinners, special events and cooking classes.

Urban Plates Opens in La Jolla Village; More to Come
Popular fast-causal eatery Urban Plates, which has eight locations in Southern California, opened its third San Diego-area outpost in the La Jolla Village Square Shopping Center. The company is also looking toward expansion in Mission Valley, Downtown and the I-5 corridor.

Photo Credit: Lyudmila Zotova/Eater San Diego
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<![CDATA[Woman Fights Off Attacker in City Heights]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 07:16:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/City-Heights-Assault-0701.jpg

With a set of keys in hand, a woman fought off an attacker in City Heights early Friday after the unknown man allegedly tried to grab her.

According to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), the attempted kidnapping happened around 2:45 a.m. as the victim was walking in the 4400 block of El Cajon Boulevard.

The 26-year-old woman told police she noticed a man in a truck driving past her several times. Moments later, the truck stopped and the man got out. That man then allegedly approached the woman from behind and tried to grab her in an attempt to pull her into his vehicle.

The woman, with her keys in her hand, fought back and punched the stranger in the face.

The suspect ran away and the woman ran into the middle of the street and screamed for help. A Good Samaritan passing by stopped and picked up the woman and she was able to safely call authorities.

The SDPD said the victim’s shirt was torn in the struggle. She suffered minor scratches but was otherwise unharmed.

The suspect involved in the attempted assault and kidnapping has not yet been arrested. Police described him as a man in his 30s wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. He was driving an older four-door burgundy Toyota Tundra with a camper shell.

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<![CDATA[Riders Stuck on Roller Coaster]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:43:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/stuck-roller-coaster.jpg

About a dozen people were on a roller coaster that became stuck on the tracks at Six Flags Over Texas Friday morning.

The New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster — formerly known as The Shockwave — stopped on the tracks during ride's initial ascent about 11 a.m.

Park officials said a sensor indicated a possible problem with the ride and stopped the train at a "safe place."

While the issue was investigated, crew members brought water to the stranded passengers. After a short wait, passengers were escorted down the emergency ramp at 11:25 a.m.

Sharon Parker, with the theme park, said the ride will be shut down for an inspection. Parker did not say when the park hoped to reopen the ride.

No further details have been released.

On Wednesday, eight people were escorted off a stuck roller coaster at Frontier City in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma riders, which included children aged 7 to 15, were stranded on the coaster for about an hour before they were safely removed.

NBC 5's Alice Barr contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Maintains Edge in New NBC Battleground Map]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:18:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/split2-trump-clinton-june7.jpg

With both parties now having their presumptive nominees and with new battleground-state polling and maneuvering to chew on, NBC News updated its battleground map. The result: Hillary Clinton maintains her advantage, having 255 electoral votes in her column to Donald Trump's 190; 93 are in Tossup. Back in May, it was Clinton 253, Trump 190, Tossup 95. The big changes from two months ago: We moved Florida from Tossup to Lean Dem; Nevada and Pennsylvania from Lean Dem to Tossup; Utah from Likely GOP to Lean GOP; Mississippi and Montana from Lean GOP to Likely GOP; and New Jersey from Lean Dem to Likely Dem.

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<![CDATA[‘It’s Thundering’: The View From a NYC Fireworks Barge on July Fourth]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 07:26:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/weehawken.jpg

As crowds pack the banks of the East River Monday for the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks display, a small group of trained professionals will be just feet from mortars as fireworks launch out of them and explode into the sky.

Pyrotechnicians dressed in life vests and wearing protective ear mufflers will be on each of the East River barges when the fireworks launch, said Gary Souza, the pyrotechnician who designed the show.

Souza, who has been on barges in the past, will be in a midtown command center this year, communicating with the barge-based pyrotechnicians via walkie-talkie as the show takes off.

The view from the barges is unique and stunning, according to Souza, a fifth-generation pyrotechnician who first worked the show from a barge when he was 18 in 1982.

"It’s very shocking; it’s thundering; it shakes your feet and rocks your head. It thumps your chest," Souza said about the barge-view of a show’s finale. "You really can’t feel it quite as well when you’re a thousand feet away."

For Souza, there are three parts of the show that are particularly striking from the barge.

The first is the beginning, when the first fireworks launch out of the strategically placed mortars, making a "thud" as they take off.

"It strikes your chest," Souza said of the first launch. "You reach a moment of euphoria because now we’re going. We’re gone."

The second is when the largest fireworks — up to 10 inches in diameter, weighing 50 pounds — blast off from the mortar.

"The barge sinks," he said.

The third is the finale, when the show reaches its crescendo and hundreds of fireworks launch from all five barges at the same time.

"It just rumbles," he said. "It echoes your ear. And to hear the crowd roar — it’s just what we do it for."

The view from the vantage point also gives a unique perspective of even the simple fireworks that make up the show.

"They wiz by. They fly right in front of you," Souza said. "They make a very crisp, sharp crackle. Even a simple red burst, you can hear each star etching its color in the sky."

And after they explode, he said, it looks like a colorful mushroom or flower in the sky directly above the river, until they "cascade down in an ephemeral waterfall type shape."

This year, Souza said, gazers will see fireworks from nine countries shoot out of the mortars. The show has it’s own soundtrack and one original song written specifically for the display.

Viewers will also see the fireworks change color 17 different times — a record number for a show designed by Souza, he said.

Kenny Chesney, 5 Seconds of Summer, Meghan Trainor, the Radio City Rockettes, Pitbull and DNCE are set to perform at this year's "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" on Monday. The show will air on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.

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<![CDATA[15 Local Companies Chosen for Growth Program]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 08:49:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rough-Draft-Brewing-Co-Facebook.jpg

Fifteen San Diego County companies will participate in the local World Trade Center’s Metro Connect program, a comprehensive support program to spur the companies’ global growth.

Each will receive a $10,000 award to help their international business.

The winning companies are Aurora Spine, Avacen Medical, Calbiotech, Deering Banjo Co. and ElliptiGO Inc.

Other winners are GroundMetrics, Hyperikon, Inova Drone, Manta Instruments Inc. and Ocean Aero.

Also included are Ocean Reef, Rough Draft Brewing Co., Solatube Worldwide Sales, VaultRMS and Whova.

Companies may compete for an additional $35,000 at a pitch event scheduled for November.

JPMorgan Chase provided the awards.

Winners were announced June 30. In all, 73 companies applied to the program. Judges evaluated the companies under several criteria, including strong potential for growth from increased international exports or foreign investment.

The MetroConnect program has already created success stories.

In 2015, grand prize winner Cypher Genomics was acquired by San Diego-based Human Longevity Inc. after using the money to fund a partnership with Genomics England. Another 2015 participant, pharmaceutical company IriSys, opened a business development office in Shanghai.



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<![CDATA[Women Found Dead Inside Rancho Santa Fe Home ID'd]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 07:23:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rancho+Santa+Fe+deaths+0626.JPG

NBC 7 has learned the identities of the three women who were found dead inside a home in Rancho Santa Fe earlier this week.

Sayeh Amini, 48, was identified by her family’s attorney on Thursday. Amini was the sister of homeowner Michael Arya, who had lived there prior to his death from cancer in April.

“It’s just a horrible situation," said attorney Carl Starrett.

Deputies responded to reports of a possible child abuse inside a home on 17100 block of Villa De La Valle on Monday morning. When they arrived, they found the bodies of two women and a female teenager.

The San Diego Sheriff's Deparent isn't confirming Amini's identity.

But a Mercedes registered to her sat in the driveway during the homicide investigation in front of the home.

"Her brother appointed her to be manager of affairs after he passed," explained Starrett. 

Starret had known Amini for at least 10 years and her husband longer. He says the responsibility of handling her deceased brother's estate became overwhelming.

“She seems to have had some mental health challenges she wasn't able to overcome. Twice in a week prior to the tragedy, her husband sought help for his wife and when she was suicidal.”

Family and friends have confirmed Amini's niece, 15-year-old Hannah Arya was one of the deceased.

The teen is described as a smart young lady who had been in town from Oregon, visiting friends and her father’s home.

The other woman found dead was Mia Shin, a close friend of the Arya family.

Shin's brother told NBC 7, she was a real estate broker in Los Angeles but was in town working on some deals.

Investigators haven't released a cause of death or motive at this time.

But they saying they're not searching for a suspect and believe this incident to be a murder-suicide.

Investigators say they plan to release new information Friday morning.

<![CDATA[Wanted Woman Captured]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 09:16:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Shanika+Minor+Pics.jpg

The Milwaukee woman added to the FBI's "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" list for the killing of a pregnant woman was captured early Friday, authorities said.

Shanika Minor, 24, was taken into custody in Fayetteville, North Carolina, the FBI's Milwaukee bureau tweeted.

Minor is wanted in the March shooting death of 23-year-old Tamecca Perry. Perry's unborn child also died in the shooting.

According to NBC affiliate WTMB, Perry also had two children. 

Authorities say Minor shot Perry, who was within a week of giving birth, after a confrontation over loud music at the duplex where Minor's mother also lived.

Minor fled after the shooting and has not been found. She is described as African-American, 5-foot-6 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds, of medium build with black hair and brown eyes. She has a display of roses tattooed on her lower abdomen.

Officials said Minor might be receiving help from friends or extended family members in Missouri, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, Ohio and Georgia, NBC News reported. 

A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered.

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<![CDATA[Plaza de Panama Remake In Limelight]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:26:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Balboa+Park+Goes+Blue+April+2.jpg

Six years after it was first unveiled, a plan to restore the heart of Balboa Park is getting a new lease on life.

The Plaza de Panama project took a long detour through the courts.

Where the story had left off -- before a “born-again” chapter began to unfold on Thursday -- was in September, 2015, when an appellate ruling in favor of the project was left standing by the California Supreme Court.

There was no immediate impetus to reboot it, but now it's become a civic priority again.

The idea was to take traffic out of the center of the park on a bypass bridge leading to an 800-space, paid-parking structure, topped by parkland.

While environmentalists and historic preservationists fought it through city hall and filed legal challenges, dozens of public parking spaces that drivers jockeyed for were removed -- which opened up more of the plaza to pedestrians and cyclists.

The pay-as-you go parkade is a concept that tourists, for the most part, generally accepted when surveyed by NBC 7 over the years.

But locals put up a ruckus, and the idea worried many of the park's museums and tenant organizations that attendance and participation would drop off.

“This is a controversial project; it’s always been a controversial project,” says Lisa Halverstadt, who write extensively on Balboa Park issues for Voice of San Diego. “It’s going to have to go back to the City Council for the financing aspect.”

The plan carried an original pricetag of $45 million -- to be met by donations from Qualcomm billionaire Irwin Jacobs and other philanthropists.

He, they and city leaders are now on board with getting things back together again, along with an alliance of park “stakeholders”.

It's not clear to what extent years of inflation might have increased costs.

“So really, folks are going back to the drawing board on the financing side looking to see what it's going to cost, and they're going to have to raise some money,” Halverstadt said in an interview Thursday.

“The city is going to be putting some dollars in, of course … they're still going to have the paid parking to help bankroll this project."

Although critics claim a bond issue to underwrite the parking structure would require a public vote, attorneys for the project’s backers argue otherwise – noting that no city general funds would be involved.

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<![CDATA[911 Call Delay Reported In Fatal Refrigerator Accident]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:23:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/911+dispatch+0629.jpg

Neighbors told NBC 7 they were horrified, mad and frustrated by a two-minute delay in getting through to 911 medics on Saturday after a refrigerator fell on a 6-year-old South Bay boy, killing him.

San Diego Fire Department spokesman Lee Swanson confirmed a caller waited 2 minutes and 34 seconds before getting through to the San Diego Fire Emergency Dispatch Center. Swanson confirmed the call was answered in 17 seconds by San Diego Police Department dispatch, but was then delayed during the transfer for emergency medical response.

The boy became trapped underneath a refrigerator as adults were trying to move it around 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the 700-block of Beyer Way in south San Diego’s Otay Mesa West community.

Many witnesses told NBC 7 the extent of the boy’s injuries were so extreme that nothing could have saved his life, not even a quicker response. However, some neighbors were very upset because they had trouble getting through to 911 during the emergency.

“It probably wouldn’t have (helped), but if they would have gotten there, he might have still had a chance. A little bit of a chance, but we’ll never know now,” said Antwon Berry, a neighbor who said he also called 911 but never got through to a dispatcher. “It took too long. I just kept looking at the family, helpless. It was just too long.”

First responders were on the scene within 3 minutes and 54 seconds upon receiving the call, according to Swanson.

NBC 7 uncovered San Diego’s pressing issue with delayed 911 calls in May, as the first news agency to report that a Mira Mesa family gave up on 911 to drive their fatally wounded infant to a hospital after two 911 calls went unanswered.

Those calls had wait times triple the national standard for emergency call holds. NBC 7 was also first to reveal wait times in San Diego Police Department’s dispatch center exceeding 10 minutes, staffing shortages, and other issues with the system.

In response, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the situation was “unacceptable” and allocated funds to help retain dispatchers. The San Diego Police Department also changed leadership of the Dispatch Center, and announced a hiring campaign.

The latest issue in Otay Mesa West was not with the San Diego Police Department dispatch center, but rather in San Diego Fire Emergency Dispatch Center, which has also experienced attrition issues and higher call volumes. Fire dispatchers will not be receiving the same 26.6 percent pay raise over three years to avert staffing issues as police dispatchers have been promised. The raise for police dispatchers was prompted by a staffing crisis and public outrage over long wait times on 911.

At the 6-year-old boy’s home Thursday, a memorial marked the spot where the refrigerator fell on him. His parents were not home, and a relative said they had gone to collect their son’s ashes.

Fire Department Spokesman Swanson said the entire department extends their sincere condolences to the family. A source told NBC 7 emergency responders and dispatchers involved in responding to the fatal accident Saturday were completely devastated by the family’s loss.

“Call takers at the Fire Dispatch Center pick up calls for service within 10 seconds 86 to 88 percent of the time,” Swanson said. “Unfortunately, a high call volume at the time of this call led to a delay.”

San Diego Fire Department has added eight dispatch positions into this year’s budget.

“Those won’t change this unfortunate circumstance, but they will help ensure people can reach us at their times of need,” Swanson said.

Emergency personnel say a key issue to addressing the 911 delay problem is educating the public. In one month alone, local 911 operators were bogged down with more than 11,000 pocket dials to 911. Even though Saturday’s 911 call wait did not happen in the San Diego Police Department’s dispatch center, SDPD would like to remind the public how to help emergency responders by not hanging up on 911 calls.

San Diego Police Lt. Scott Wahl said hang-up calls compound 911 wait times, and accidental calls make up nearly a third of the total call volume.

“Every police officer, firefighter, paramedic, lifeguard, we all want to get to emergency situations as quickly as we possibly can,” Wahl said. “When you call 911, the best thing you can do is stay on the line and resist the natural tendency that we all have – to hang up when you don’t get through right away.”

At NBC 7’s request, San Diego Police Department also provided a guide for best 911 practices in Spanish for viewers in our Spanish-speaking community.

San Diego Police Department Lt. Manuel Del Toro explained in Spanish why people should not hang up on 911, even if they have already reported the incident to dispatchers.

“Es muy importante que la gente entiende cuando llaman 911, tienen que tener un poco de paciencia,” Del Toro dijo. “Lo que pasa con la policía cuando llaman 911, es ellos reciben la información e inmediatamente van a mandar ayuda a la personas que están llamando. En ese momento, las personas por teléfono le van a hacer muchas preguntas. Mucha gente cuelga en ese momento pero es muy importante que mantengan en la línea y le contesten las preguntas.”

Dijo: “Lo que pasa cuando la gente cuelga es que los oficiales no tienen todo la informacion que es necesario. A veces una emergencia son médicos. Entonces, es muy importante mandarle todas los ayudas que necesitan. Por ejemplo, en unas situaciones tienen que mandar policías y en otros ejemplos que mandar los médicos y a veces tienen que mandar los dos para ayudar a la gente en la manera que ellos están pidiendo. Si les cuelgan, es posible que la ayuda que necesitan no les va a llegar tan pronto porque no tenemos todo la información.”

NBC 7’s Wendy Fry provided a basic translation of Del Toro’s comments.

(Basic translation: “It’s very important that people understand that when one calls 911, to have some patience,” Del Toro said. “What happens with the police when people call 911, is they receive the information and immediately, they are going to send help to the person that is calling. In this moment, the people on the telephone (the dispatchers) are going to ask a lot of questions. A lot of people hang up in this moment but it is very important to stay on the line and answer the questions.”

“What happens when people hang up is the officials don’t have all the information about the emergency that is necessary. Sometimes an emergency is medical. So, it is very important for us to send all the help that is needed. For example, some situations require we send police, and other examples require we send medics and sometimes we need to send both to help the people in the way they are asking. If they hang up, it is possible that the help they need will not arrive promptly because we don’t have all the information,” Del Toro said.)

<![CDATA[Famed Pilot Honored for Contributions]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:50:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Steve+Pisanos.JPG

A pilot who flew for the famed Eagle Squadron in England and for the U.S. during World War II was honored at the San Diego Air & Space Museum on Thursday.

Longtime Rancho Bernardo resident Steve “Spiro” Pisanos, died at age 96 on June 6.

According to an article by the San Diego Union Tribune, Pisanos was a native of Athens, Greece and came to the U.S. at age 18 as an unauthorized immigrant. At the time, he didn’t speak a word of English but his dream was to become a pilot.

Pisnos served for 30 years in the air force, starting off as a pilot for the Eagle Squadrons of Great Britain’s Royal Air Force and then transferring to the Army Air Force when the U.S. joined World War II.

Jim Kidrick, President CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum told NBC 7, Pisanos was willing to put his life on the line and he epitomized what it meant to be an American.

“We’re celebrating a true American hero,” Kidrick said on Thursday. “He embraced America like no other person I’ve met in my lifetime.”

Pisanos was inducted into the International Air Space Hall of Fame at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in 2006.

“If he would’ve just stand up in front of us today for 10 or 15 minutes, we would all walk away feeling a little bit better about ourselves and a lot better about America,” Kidrick said.

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<![CDATA[Kenny Chesney, Meghan Trainor to Perform at 'Fireworks Spectacular']]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:42:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/fireworks-479518210.jpg

Kenny Chesney, 5 Seconds of Summer, Meghan Trainor, the Radio City Rockettes, Pitbull and DNCE are set to perform at this year's "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" Monday on NBC. 

"Today" co-hosts Willie Geist and Tamron Hall will return to host the two-hour Monday broadcast featuring fireworks lighting up sky over New York City.

The 2016 display, which will include more than 56,000 pyrotechnic effects, will be fired from five locations on the East River in midtown and within the Seaport district. This year, the 25-minute display will introduce pyro-writing, which uses fireworks to spell out USA in the sky.


Amy Kule, the executive producer of the event, said in a press release that this is their biggest show since the millennial display in 2000, which included more than 60,000 firework shells launched from 13 barges surrounding New York City. The is the 40th year of the annual event. 

The fireworks celebration will be choreographed to an arrangement of patriotic musical selections, including "This Land is Your Land," "The Star-Spangled Banner," "God Bless America," among others. The show will culminate with a rendition of "America the Beautiful" performed by Jennifer Holliday and the United States Air Force Band. A bell will also chime 13 times during the display to pay homage to the original 13 colonies.

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<![CDATA[July 4: How Americans Will Celebrate 240 Years of Independence]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 07:55:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/macys+fireworks1.jpg

Every year, Americans honor the country's independence on the Fourth of July by celebrating freedom with fireworks, barbecues and beach getaways. 

July Fourth has only been a federal holiday since 1941, but Americans have celebrated Independence Day since the 18th century. During the summer of 1776 some colonists held parades and fired canons to accompany reading of the newly signed Declaration of Independence.

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The following year Philadelphia hosted the first annual independence celebration on July 4. 

Here's what to know about the national holiday on the 240th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

$6.8 billion: The amount of money predicted to be spent celebrating the July 4 holiday this year, according to the National Retail Federation.

$71.34: The average amount of money Americans are expected to spend on food per household, according to the National Retail Federation.

15,000: The numbers of fireworks displays held to celebrate July 4 each year, according to Wallethub.

40: The number of years Macy's has been putting on their fireworks display in New York City. It's the biggest display in the country. This year, the viewers will see fireworks from nine countries and they will change colors 17 times.

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$311.7 million: The value of fireworks imported from China in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

150 million: The approximate number of hot dogs consumed each July 4, according to Wallethub.

69: The record number of hot dogs eaten in 10 minutes at the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island. Joey Chestnut set that world record in 2013. 

64: The percentage of Americans who will attend a July 4 barbecue or picnic, according to Wallethub.

$3.1 million: The value of U.S. flags exported in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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43 million: The estimated number of Americans who will be traveling this holiday weekend, according to AAA. Most will be driving. 

$2.29: The average price for a gallon of regular gas this weekend, according to AAA. 

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